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Friday, August 11, 2006

Nothing But The Blues XXV

After another hectic period I've found some time to continue with this wonderful series. And what a wonderful next CD we have! Disc no. 25 is totally dedicated to Ma Rainey. With Gertrude Pridgett (1886 - 1939), as she was actually called, we return to the first generation of Blues performers.
Getrude got her nickname Ma Rainey from her marriage in 1904 with William 'Pa' Rainey. She is also known as the 'Mother of the Blues'.
Ma Rainey began her recording career in 1924, at the age of 38, and ended in 1928. In this relatively short period of time she recorded aprox. 100 songs for Paramount Records, of which C. C. Rider
, track 15 (also known as See See Rider), Jelly Bean Blues, track 11 and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom are still very popular.
although not so successful as Bessie Smith she was a close friend of her. Both on stage as of stage. She shared Bessie's extravagance lifestyle and was, like Bessie, known for her enormous bisexual appetite. Like Bessie she also recorded with some of the absolute greats from both the Blues as the Jazz scene. As a matter of fact she recorded all three earlier mentioned all time favorites with Louis Armstrong.
Tracks 7 and 9 are recorded in Chicago in August 1924, Tracks 5,8,10,11,15 and 16 are from October 1924, New York. Track 6 is recorded in November 1924 in Chicago. Tracks 3,4,13 and 14 are also recorded in Chicago, but in May the next year. Finally tracks 1, 2, and 12 date from July 1925 (Chicago).


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